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ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

 
Princeton, NJ

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ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Physical Address: Princeton, NJ 08540 
EIN: 22-6029397
NTEE Category: T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T20 (Private Grantmaking Foundations)
Ruling Year: 1949 


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Expert Assessment

The Robert Wood Johnson foundation is credited for its funding of several organizations and initiatives designed to improve childhood health outcomes. Beyond the range of programs funded, the attention which they have drawn is also cited as examples of impact. Read More »

Expert Reviews and Comments

2010 Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit

This organization is a 2010 Philanthropedia top nonprofit, recommended by experts as having high impact.

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Evidence of Impact

The Robert Wood Johnson foundation is credited for its funding of several organizations and initiatives designed to improve childhood health outcomes. Beyond the range of programs funded, the attention which they have drawn is also cited as examples of impact.

Impact
They provide specific research on policy and system changes that can lead to increasing healthful food choices (fruits and vegetables), decrease intake of less healthful foods (sweetened beverages, processed-packaged snacks and fast food, increases in physical activity, and decreases in sedentary behavior. Researcher and Faculty
The range of research/projects funded in the area of child nutrition/health is impressive. The means and frequency of disseminating information regarding these issues are examples of impact. Researcher and Faculty
They fund so much work that they are having significant impact. The work is scattered and too much is being spent on physical activity as opposed to food intake, but overall, they are having a wonderful impact. Researcher and Faculty
They set research priorities and funding research. Researcher and Faculty
News coverage of their work, its mentions at professional meetings, and the amount of money they are spending are examples of impact. Researcher and Faculty
In my opinion, their biggest impact has been not in the money given to projects/programs but in their use of their significant investment, respect in the non-profit and policy world, and bully pulpit to help highlight childhood obesity as a national agenda item. Researcher and Faculty
They have been a leader in the field related to funding childhood obesity research, dissemination of research findings, promoting community change, and policy advocacy. Researcher and Faculty
It is hard to leave out an organization that has allocated $500 million to fight childhood obesity. Their funding is a widespread influence on research in this domain. Researcher and Faculty
I receive weekly emails from them regarding the programs they are funding and the good changes that are being made. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Great grant maker/funder with excellent technical assistance for local projects. Healthy Kids Healthy Communities, Fresh Fruits & Veggies grants, Walkability assessment and built environment grants are successful programs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have been working in this field for numerous years. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I know they are a funder and not a traditional nonprofit but they have had great impact on the national level. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have done direct work with a Project ALISA as a collaborating partner. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They fund effective anti-obesity policy efforts, including those run by my organization. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They fill a unique role in the field funding and disseminating research on active living (bicycling, walking, physical activity, etc.). It's something that is much-needed given the relative newness of research in physical activity. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are excellent at sharing information through their various digests. They have held some excellent webinars on a variety of topics. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They provide a national network for the exchange of information and best practices among government leaders. Other

Organizational Strengths

The foundation's leadership, staff, and funding are cited as its major assets. Other operations elements are occasionally mentioned by experts, as well.

Leadership
They have very strong leadership that are widely respected in the field. Researcher and Faculty
This is a long standing organization with national leadership, and knowledgeable staff. Researcher and Faculty
Their leadership and marketing are off the charts. They have made themselves a household name to people involved in the health field at many levels (and they even sponsor some segments of NPR, which I listen to daily). Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their leadership, Maya Rockeymoore, is strong. Other
Finances
Finances are a strength. Researcher and Faculty
Finances, for sure, are strengths. They are one of the deep pockets in this realm. Their leadership, the knowledge and personal passion of Risa Lavizza-Mourey and Jim Marks, is also a strength. Researcher and Faculty
Funding
The amount of funding is a strength. Researcher and Faculty
Program Design
They have a long history of work on health issues; they have deep pockets as well as a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Researcher and Faculty
Awareness
They have a very strong reputation and long history of advocacy. Researcher and Faculty
Marketing
They produce very clear studies about policy and system change work that can provide an impact. Researcher and Faculty
They have plenty of money and very professional marketing capabilities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Staff
They have great staff, good marketing, and research resources to use locally. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Collaboration
The ability of this organization to bring individuals together across agencies and cities is remarkable. Nonprofit Senior Staff
RWJF is a smart foundation making significant investments in children's health. They provide ongoing support to grantees and help to network with others across the country to leverage assets. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Communication
They fund local initiatives as well as national. They communicate findings of grantees on a regular basis so there everyone can learn emerging/best practices. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Grant making
Their greatest strength is that they award large, multi-years grants, which allow for serious policy outcomes. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have had excellent performance in seeking out programs that would have a lasting impact on obesity and other related health issues, and then providing funding support for said organizations. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Programming
They hold a conference each year that is well-attended by both researchers and practitioners, providing a great opportunity for cross-pollination of those doing research and those implementing programs. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

The most commonly-cited areas for improvement involved expanding programming, enhancing funding, and fostering more collaboration.

Integrate Programming
They could think about how education can be combined with policy and system changes to have an even greater impact. Researcher and Faculty
Marketing
They could improve marketing to become an everyday name to those outside of the field of children nutrition/health. Researcher and Faculty
Mission Focus
They could focus more on food intake as opposed to activity. They should do more high impact policy work and spend less on doing community programs and more on evaluating them so at the end of the day it will be clear what works. Researcher and Faculty
Expand Programming
They shy away from dealing with obesity in very early life i.e., in utero and infancy and I think these are critical periods for the development of childhood obesity. They should start funding intervention projects in this area. Researcher and Faculty
Funding
They are not very innovative or creative as their funding tends to go to safe, traditional approaches. Researcher and Faculty
The Johnson Foundation needs to offer more grants for policy change in the obesity arena. They started funding some efforts around the country, but there do not seem to be many other funders stepping forward to fund policy change work in the obesity arena. This will be a problem for the long term survival of these fledgling policy change efforts. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Funding of obesity policy projects seems to have dried up? I would like to see RWJF step up and resume its commitment to funding the fledgling policy programs they helped to start. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Program Design
They are too rigid, and in my view, somewhat misdirected. They have allocated fortunes to support policy change, without funding the development of programs that are prerequisite to policies. Their mandate change without showing people how to get there from here, and you simply get frustration, and inertia. Researcher and Faculty
I think it makes sense for them to now move into how educational interventions can be combined with policy and system changes to be sure that people are aware of, and are able to use newly available resources (that is access to healthy food and options for physical activity. Researcher and Faculty
Impact
They are great at producing one project. But how scalable are these projects? The problem with research and grants is: is it cost effective? And can it be replicated? Researcher and Faculty
I am not impressed with their grant making in the obesity prevention field. They seem focused on local programs and not so focused on population based interventions. It hasn't focused at all on state level policy to impact obesity. It seems like they have a lot of money and aren't making great use of it except on an informational level. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More Intervention
Some of their works is still assessment--I'm action-oriented and believe the problem has been assessed enough and now needs to be addressed. Some programs are action, but some are still assessment. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Collaboration
They could use better coordination with other non-profits. They should not just 'say' that they are aligning efforts, but prove it through partnerships. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Advocacy
They would be even more effective if they explicitly funded legislative lobbying. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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